The aims of our PSHE curriculum are:

  • to provide children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community
  • to know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle
  • to know they have rights, and a responsibility to respect the rights of others
  • to develop values which they can apply to everyday life in school, their homes and the local community
  • to develop an awareness of safety issues and deal with risk
  • to understand what makes a good relationship, and to develop effective, fulfilling relationships with other members of the school and the wider community
  • to be independent and responsible members of the school community, playing a positive role and demonstrating a respect for others
  • to be positive and active members of a democratic society and prepare to play an active role as citizens in the wider community
  • to develop self-confidence and self-esteem, valuing their achievements and make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
  • to learn what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.


At Cartmel Primary School we use a range of teaching and learning styles.  We encourage active learning through discussion, collaborative activities and reflection within a secure environment so that children are able to explore their own and others’ attitudes, values and skills sensitively.  We encourage children to take part in a range of practical activities that promote citizenship, such as involvement in special school events, through workshops with visitors and the opportunity to hear visiting speakers talk about their role in the local and global community. Through Circle Time children are able to take part in discussions to explore a range of issues, resolve conflicts and create a Class Charter to support positive behaviours in the classroom.

PSHE is timetabled weekly in each class, and is taught through both discrete units of study and cross-curricular opportunities using the Heartsmart scheme for PSHE. In addition, assemblies support the delivery of PSHE through a planned values programme and are used to launch and reinforce specific themes. The basis of our PSHE programme is taken from guidance from the DfE and use of the Heartsmart programme of work.  We also implement the 'Kidsafe' programme throughout school every two years.

Some areas of PSHE are taught as discrete units while others can be explored through cross-curricular links. For example, when appropriate topics arise in Science, DT, Geography, I.C.T., History, Art, R.E., Maths, Literacy, P.E. and Music, these can all be used to highlight issues and encourage discussion relating to areas of PSHE and to raise awareness of children’s rights and their associated responsibilities. There are close links with the areas identified by Ofsted as the Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural aspects of the curriculum and with SIAMS for Church Schools.

Contact the School

Cartmel Primary School

Aynsome Road,
LA11 6PR

Main Contact: Mrs Rachel Battersby Headteacher

Tel: 015395 36262

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'Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow'